2014 Champions Trophy
Fins To Win
Now in its fourth year running, the 2014 Four Seasons Champions Trophy attracted six unique surfing talents from around the world, but the ever-stylish Dave Rastovich put on a clinic in both the single-fin and twin-fin divisions. Already locked into the grand final, with the thruster division, it's looking like Rastovich will face off against either Taylor Knox or Sunny Garcia to see who takes top honors.
Change Of Pace
The single-fin division featured some classic equipment from the early 1970s. Garcia showed up with a pair of freshly-shaped Ben Aipa stingers, while Taylor Knox and Rochelle Ballard brought boards that groove master Rob Machado shaped for them. After spending their careers riding conventional thrusters, this was quite a change of pace for the crew.
Who doesn't love a twin-fin? Apparently Sunny Garcia is not a huge fan, but somehow he managed to get his fins and his trunks to match. After a disappointing result in the twin-fin division, he's still in contention to make the final.
For as much as Rasta says he's a soul surfer, he was one of the most determined competitors in the event. And, of course, his style is impeccable.
One Of A Kind
The lone female in the contest, Rochelle Ballard more than held her own. After a lengthy career on the ASP World Tour and being considered one of the first women to really charge the barrel, her surfing remains sharp and powerful. Fit and perpetually stoked, she's as nice a person as you're ever likely to meet.
One is the loneliest
Last year's champ Taylor Knox admits to not being a huge fan of the single-fin, but he seems to get around alright on it.
Out from the shadows
The world hasn't heard much from Brazil's Fabio Gouveia since his days on the ASP World Tour ended. Maybe it's because he's just a quiet, gentle guy, but his surfing speaks otherwise. Spending most of his time at home these days, the Champions Trophy was a chance to get out and demonstrate that there's still plenty of spring in his step.
Rasta draws a clean line off the bottom as he builds speed into the next section at the classic right point-break Sultan's.
No Holds Board
Why is Sunny Garcia considered one of the most powerful surfers in the world? Well, this photo should make it pretty obvious. He's a big, strong human and doesn't hold back when he gets his board on rail.
Garcia and Rasta, competitors in the water, but on the island of Kura Huraa it's nothing but smiles and good vibrations.
If It Floats
The multi-talented Taylor Jensen spends half his year living in Australia and the other half living in Southern California. A champion longboarder, he's obviously comfortable riding anything that floats -- and has the style to make it look good. He's also a heck of a nice guy.
Sharing is caring
Rasta and Knox split a wave at the end of the twin-fin final. Knox ultimately edged out Rasta, which is kind of a surprise considering Rasta's made a career out of non-traditional equipment.